NORMAN — Had the weather cooperated, today’s would mark the soccer season’s eighth day. As it is, it’s day six for the Norman High boys and day seven for everybody else.
And once the NHS and Norman North boys and girls are done with tonight’s festivities, the NHS boys won’t play again until it’s tourney time in Mustang March 27, the NHS girls will be idle until March 25, when they make up a lost game with Mustang, and the North boys and girls aren’t slated to play again until district play opens April 1 at Westmoore.
Absolutely, the first little salvo of the soccer season demands a headlining game and the Clash certainly fits the bill, especially since it came over to John Crain Field, home of the Sooners, a pitch that has to enjoy playing host to a quartet of traditionally winning programs.
Also, maybe it’s best the game get in fast, before the season really heats up, giving the losing team (and, for that matter, the winning one) time to recover.
The NHS boys, at least for the moment, rule Norman’s soccer roost. The only program with two games under its belt, they’ve won them both.
The North boys — if it’s possible — looked better in their first hour last last Friday night against Tulsa Union then they appeared at any time all of last season, even on the way to the Class 6A title game. After that, they merely looked plenty good in a 3-1 victory over the Redskins.
Both girls teams, oddly, are looking for their first victory. The NHS girls owned most of the stat sheet in a shootout loss to Westmoore, while the North girls looked like a bundle of nerves in a shootout loss to Union.
Tonight’s just a game.